EATING SABAH

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SOMETIMES I WONDER what is the purpose of traveling?

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To enjoy the new and different scenery, to absorb the diversified cultures or to fill your belly with mouth watering arrays of beautiful and scrumptious food?

This is the problem when you’re traveling in Asia. No just the food are good, the price is cheap too. That is the biggest dilemma when you’re Asian and you just do travel in your country! We only traveled to Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang recently, and we’ve committed the biggest sin GLUTTONY. Every morning for five days the first question that popped up would be:

“Where or what should we eat today?”

Don’t blame us, blame it on the delicious and cheap food that are readily available in Sabah. Not to mention that this Borneo products are almost twice bigger than the ones produced in Semenanjung.

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Can you imagine cockles as big as a almost two-year-old toddler fist? And you can’t get any fresher than at the market itself.

The best place to try Sabah seafood is at the many stalls near Pasar Filipina or at the Anjung Senja foodcourt at the waterfront. If you have a strong stomach, then I would suggest go to the ones near Pasar Filipina, with it’s loud and vibrant atmosphere albeit a little unhygienic. But, if you want to dig into your succulant lobsters in peace and comfort, than just browse the many restaurants at Anjung Senja.

While in KK, the seafood be it fresh or dried are in abundance, in Kundasang you can get beautiful fresh humongous vegetables. Mom was so impressed with the chives and spring onions as big as leeks. Lemon grass that are just RM2 for about 12 sticks and beautiful torch ginger flowers that is RM1 per stick.

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It is good that most of us are adventurous about food. Although some suffer from eczema or allergies to seafood, it did not stop them enjoying the sea animals, just avoid the shells one. My sister also tried out the ambuyat, a dish made from sago palm. It is a delicacy in certain part of Borneo.

Ambuyat is a starchy bland substance and similar to tapioca starch. But don’t go slap a spoon on your wrinkle shirts when ironing, like my sister suggested.

According to Wikipedia, ambuyat is eaten with a bamboo fork called a chandas, by rolling the starch around the prongs and then dipping it into a sauce, of which there are many varieties.”

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Unlike the ambuyat meal I had in Brunei that came with many dishes including sambal tempoyak, the ones that we tried at Asiarasa Restaurant offered only one dish, Asam Ikan. It is almost similar with asam pedas but minus the pedas. It is a bit bland without the usual lemon grass and kaffir leaves. However, the fish flesh was shredded to make it easier to eat and without you have to pick the bones. Overall, not bad at all.

Another street food to try is the chicken wings. I don’t know about these Sabahan chicken, but the way they grilled the chicken and dipped it with hot soya sauce is just heaven.

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I’ve written about night market before, and here is where you should head to once the sun is setting. In KK, the night market or pasar malam is divided into several sections located in several roads in this city, so you need to do a bit of walking depending on what you’re looking for.

We had our first taste of buah tarap (tarap fruit) here. The fruit is not in season as it is only abundance from December to February, but we’re lucky to find a pakcik selling the fruit at the pasar malam. It is quite expensive RM20 per kg. Whether it is because we were tourists from Semenanjung or it is the price he’s selling.

If you like Cempedak then you may like Tarap. The fruit is smaller than cempedak and the seeds are whiter. You can break it open with your hands and enjoy the fruits. I think if we decided to visit Sabah again, we may do it end year to enjoy buah tarap again.

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We love the pasar malam and unlike in Semenanjung where sometimes the pasar malam is segregated between races and religions, here you can see both the Chinese and Malay selling food side by side.

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Apart from the pasar malam food, We also had nasi ayam twice in Kota Kinabalu. Why eating nasi ayam in KK, you ask.

Well, for once, Nasi Ayam Singapura or Singapore Chicken Rice is not available in Peninsular Malaysia. Secondly, the taste is devine. The chickens are juicy and secculant while the rice is cooked perfectly using chicken broth. Not a simple white rice. The sambal is perfectly sweet and sour and the soya sauce added a bit of saltiness.

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So, that’s it. Our trip to Sabah recently may covered only two popular destinations in the state dubbed as the Land Beneath The Wind, but we enjoyed it so much especially the food.
There’s some talk of repeating the adventure but this time we will focus more on eating!

#travel #sabah #landbeneaththewind #kotakinabalu #kk #kundasang #seafood #foodbinge #foodporn #foodpornography #eating #family #familygetaway #mymalaysia #malaysia

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